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Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure


Published January 4, 2006


LibriVox recording of Fanny Hill, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland.

Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1749) was the first widely-read English novel in the genre "Erotica." It was written by John Cleland as he was serving hard time at a debtor's prison in London. Over the centuries, the novel has been repeatedly banned by authorities, assuring its preeminent role in the history of the ongoing struggle against censorship of free expression.

Until Fanny Hill, previous heroines had conducted their amorous liaisons "off-stage." Any erotic misadventures were described euphemistically. As women who had gone astray, they always repented, which made even their most outrageous dalliances somehow suitable for a moralistic readership. The protagonist of Fanny Hill, however, never repented a single moment of her sexual exploits ... quite the contrary! And with Fanny, the devil is in the details, realistically described. (Summary by Denny Mike)

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Reviewer: Ligeia DeSoto - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2013
Subject: Almost 200,000 downloads and NOT one review! HAHAHA!
This is too fun to review after all this time. For all our dear volunteers at librivox, whom I've known so long after this production was published... I do love you and no, NOT in Madam Hill's manner, necessarily. But *this* took guts. And boy! Don't we all appreciate it? NO one will dare critique any production quality in the audio as they would have to ADMIT to listening... Hee hee! Too funny...

Enjoy everyone, not that you haven't done so already. As a dear friend of mine has said... "FAN-ny Hill is right! *fanning himself* WOO HOO!" *wink, wink... nudge, nudge* ;)
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